Turmeric, The Other Gold

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for a variety of conditions. Turmeric benefits are so great a bunch of articles have been written about it, from medical professionals to bloggers alike. It has different uses and benefits. It is arguably the powerful herb at fighting and preventing disease. Turmeric is a relative of ginger and grows in the tropical regions of Southern Asia. The majority is grown in India for curry. It’s roots are bulbs that produce rhizomes and stems for new plants with dull yellow flowers.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, its most important role. It has been used in both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive, skin, liver, wounds, and different diseases. A number of lab test show curcumin does have anticancer effects. It kills cancer cells and prevents them from growing. For those not sick taking it as a preventive measure won’t hurt. There has been a lot of talk about turmeric and it’s anticancer properties but its preventive effects can be related to its antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage. The main point is more research needs to be done.

Antioxidants scavenge molecules known as free radicals that damage cells. They can go as far as damaging cell membranes, tempering with DNA and cause cell death. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This is one of the reasons it is used for the skin.  The antibacterial properties also reduce scarring and acne. WARNING turmeric is considered a natural dye so it does stain anything it comes in contact with yellow.  If you have yellow residue on your skin dab a cotton ball in water or milk and rub it to remove the residue. Always perform an arm test to check for allergies to any of the ingredients !

 

TURMERIC BANANA DIY MASK 

  • mash 1/2 banana to smooth paste 
  • add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and stir well
  • apply paste and leave on skin for 30 minutes 
  • wash with warm water

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Sources:

Dr. Axe

American Cancer Society

University of Maryland Medical Center

Recipe:

Stardustfunk

Clay, a Perfect Skin Care Match

Clay, no I’m not talking about play dough! I’m talking about that amazing stuff that we pull out of the ground, yeah I know not what you were thinking. Dirt is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of skin care but the purifying properties are just too good to pass up. Clay is a soft, fine, mineral substance. Depending on where it comes from, there are many different types of clays that can be used for different reasons. Depending on your skin type one clay might be better for you than another. Clays are usually best for normal to oily skin types because they absorb moisture.

What some of us don’t know is our skin type. Each of our face is different, facial skin is different from person to person. We can be dry, oily, or combination. What does that mean?  Think about your face midday with out product how does it feel. Are you comfortable or are you tight? There is your answer!

Some examples of clays used in skin care products:

Brazilian Clay is naturally colored an does not contain dyes or pigments. The various shades are achieved by variations in the minerals found in the soil in the different regions of Brazil.

Kaolin Clay is a very fin powdered clay and can come in a variety of colors. It is a generic clay with less liquid absorbing abilities than most. It’s best for sensitive and dry skin.

Sea Clay is a dark green clay that comes from mud laid under the sea millions of years ago. It’s best for normal to oily skin.

DRY/NORMAL:Rose Clay,Kaolin Clay,Brazilian Clay

NORMAL/OILY:Sea Clay, French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, Brazilian Clay

At stardustfunk we have been working hard testing products (never on animals!) to see what clays work best in our recipes! Good news is we are getting ready to launch our new line of masks and scrubs!

Lavender Clay Face Mask- formualted for dry skin

Sea Clay Face Mask- formulated for oily skin

Turmeric Clay Face Mask- formulated for combination to oily skin

PS my crazy face shows my level of stress, and yes that is myself testing out the face mask